IISER Pune offers integrated PhD (i-PhD) as a research programme with a blend of coursework (2 years) and research projects to students who have completed a bachelor's degree in any branch of science. On successful completion, students will be awarded both a Master of Science degree and a PhD degree.


Admissions for the August 2023 batch of the Integrated PhD Programme are now open!

Admissions to the Integrated PhD Programme for August 2023 Batch

NOTE: In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, interviews may be held online. Clear guidelines or any changes in procedure will be provided to candidates shortlisted for the interviews. The dates of interviews for ALL the disciplines are tentative. Please visit the respective sections of the webpage to know more about interview dates of your discipline/s of interest.

Application Process

  • Only online applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  • The candidates must carefully fill and submit the online application form on or before the specified date.
  • Last date of Application will be displayed here.
  • After the last date, all applications will be screened and candidates selected for interviews will be intimated by email.

Please Note / Important Points / Application Criteria

  • All communication with candidates will be by email only, on the respective email IDs given below.
  • Kindly check this website for periodic updates.
  • In case of any application related queries, please contact: doctoraloffice@iiserpune.ac.in with your application number mentioned on the subject line.
  • Candidates who are appearing or about to appear for final examinations of the qualifying degree programme are eligible to apply for Integrated PhD programme. However, if selected, their admission would be conditional upon their completing the qualifying degree with the defined marks criteria, at the time of admission.
  • Selection will be based on interviews of the short-listed candidates.
  • Relaxation of eligibility criteria for SC,ST and PwD applicants will be as per Government of India norms. Candidates belonging to reserved category will have to submit relevant certificates, if selected.
  • For all the national eligibility examinations which provide a common rank / score, the cut-off rank / score for shortlisting for the Interviews for the reserved categories shall be lowered to 1.25 times the General category rank / score.
  • Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of applications received, respective departments may use additional criteria (like academic performance and/or ranking in respective national level tests like JGEEBILS / JAM / NBHM / JEST) to shortlist candidates for interviews.
  • There may be more than one round of interviews. Shortlisted candidates from round one will be called for a second round of interview. Candidates should come prepared to stay for at least two days when they come for the interview. (In view of the ongoing pandemic, the interviews may be conducted online. Details will be communicated to shortlisted candidates).

Eligibility criteria and application details for the August 2023 batch are given further below on this page, separately for each of the following departments:



Admissions to the Integrated PhD Programme in Biology - August 2023

List of candidates selected for Integrated PhD programme in Biology commencing from 2023 August Semester

List of candidates shortlisted for final round of Interviews to be conducted between April 27-28, 2023 via Zoom

List of candidates shortlisted for first round of Interviews to be conducted between April 24-26, 2023 via Zoom

List of candidates invited to apply for the Integrated PhD programme

The list of candidates invited for applying to the Integrated PhD Programme in Biology at IISER Pune is hereby published. This shortlisting has been made based on the marks obtained by the students in the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) 2023.

The invitation letter, containing information about how to apply, has already been emailed to all
candidates. In case someone on the list has not received the email yet, please contact
biologyapplications@acads.iiserpune.ac.in as early as possible, clearly stating your name and
JGEEBILS Application Number.

The last date for filling the form is 31-March-2023 (5.00 PM Indian
Standard Time).

The interviews will be conducted online.

Please note that filling out this application form does not guarantee a shortlisting for interviews. IISER
Pune reserves the right to apply further criteria for shortlisting.

Format of the referee letter (PDF)

Format of the referee letter (.docx)

The department of Chemistry, IISER Pune is not offering the Integrated PhD programme for the session commencing from August 2023.

The department of Mathematics, IISER Pune is not offering the Integrated PhD programme for the session commencing from August 2023.

Admissions to the Integrated PhD Programme in Physics - August 2023

List of candidates shortlisted for Interviews to be conducted at IISER Pune campus on May 18-20, 2023

The department of Physics at IISER Pune invites online applications for the Integrated PhD (iPhD) programme in Physics for the session starting in August 2023.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

1. A minimum of 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in the majoring subject) or an equivalent C.G.P.A on a 10-point scale (55% or an equivalent C.G.P.A in aggregate for SC, ST and PwD candidates) in B.Sc. or B.Tech./B.E.

Candidates in the final year of their Bachelor's (or equivalent) degree program, whose results have not yet been declared, are welcome to apply. Note that if selected, the offer for such a candidate will be provisional, subject to their fulfilling of the above criteria at the time of admission.

2. Aditionally, the candidate must satisfy the following mandatory criteria:

  1. Holds a rank equal to 500 or better (625 or better for candidates in the reserved categories) in JAM (Physics)or JEST iPhD (Physics)*.

*The score/rank must be valid at least till August 31, 2023.

Note that additional criteria, beyond the above eligibility criteria, are likely to be imposed while shortlisting candidates at the interview stage.


Shortlisted candidates will be asked to appear for an interview to be conducted in-person at the IISER Pune campus.

The final selection to the Integrated PhD programme will be based on the candidate's performance in the interview.

Further Information

For information about the Integrated PhD programme, please visit https://www.iiserpune.ac.in/education/programmes/integrated-phd-programme 

For information about the Physics department please visit https://www.iiserpune.ac.in/research/department/physics